Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was big booming fun! We had a good turn out with 16 competitors joining in for some friendly freestyle rodeo for the first time since June of 2011!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny warm weather!

The river level was around 680 CFS; which is just starting to get retentive for play boating at Big Rock with the change in the feature due to the past two years of high flows.  We were all pretty excited though to final get some rodeo competition action in the feature!  A good time was had by all!

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was big booming fun! We had a good turn out with 16 competitors joining in for some friendly freestyle rodeo for the first time since June of 2011!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny warm weather!

The river level was around 680 CFS; which is just starting to get retentive for play boating at Big Rock with the change in the feature due to the past two years of high flows.  We were all pretty excited though to final get some rodeo competition action in the feature!  A good time was had by all!

 

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:

 

Women’s K-1:

1. Andrea Ramsey (61)

Mens Expert K-1:

1. Wade Harrison (313)

2. Michael Reber (139)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (109)

 

Men’s Intermediate K-1 Short Boat:

1. Steve Moore (106)

2. Brian Vermillion (73)

3. Tod Emma & Kevin Mather (67)

5. Greg Timm (66)

6. George Mauger (64)

7. Ryan Shealy (62)

8. Bill Finger (54)

9. Jeff Weatherford (16)

Mens Novice K-1:

1. Keith Duncan (51)

2. Bill Berry (31)

SUP:

1. Jack Nelson (14)

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #2 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #2!

Event Highlights:

*We had 4 swimmers during the event!

*Jack Nelson gave a great SUP exhibition through the rapid!

* Steve Moore may have been accused of sand bagging in the Men’s Intermediate Class with the use of the new 2014 Rock Star…

* Mike Patterson was on site as our safety crew leader and had a glorious rope throw to one of the swimmers!

* Wade Harrison can throwdown!!

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize!

Event #2 Photo Album Link:

Jamison Evans’ HTTD #2 photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Jennifer Bradley – Registration & Variety Judge

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Technical/Style Judge

Samantha Vermillion & Michelle Frazee – Scribes

Sara Bone – Time Keeper

Jamison Evans – Photographer

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Mahoney's      Riverpark_Campground_Logo

 

Participation in all events is the key to bring home a series championship for the year!  Now that 2 events are complete the heat has been turned up for some of our competitors in their respective classes to make their place on the podium!  The competition is the hottest in the Men’s Intermediate K-1 class with only 40 points separating 1-4 places and a current tie for the 3rd spot!  We also currently have a tie for 1st place in the Men’s Novice K-1 class!  Both of these classes should be fun to watch going into event #3 to see who comes out on top…

Check out the current standings below:

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

Event #1 Boater-X

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3

Event #4

TOTAL

PLACE

Women’s K-1            
Andrea Ramsey

125

135

   

260

1

Jennifer Bradley

135

0

   

135

2

Men’s C-1            
Whitney Eure

135

0

   

135

1

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andrew Minskey

105

0

   

105

6

Jeremy Gass

95

0

   

95

7

Jon Edwards

125

0

   

125

4

Matt Dalton

135

0

   

135

2

Michael Reber

0

125

   

125

4

Wade Harrison

0

135

   

135

2

Wesley R. Bradley

135

115

   

250

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Bill Finger

0

65

   

65

11

Brian Vermillion

115

125

   

240

2

Chas Branson

95

0

   

95

9

George Mauger

135

85

   

220

3

Gregg Timm

0

95

   

95

9

Hayden Blake

125

0

   

125

6

Jeff Weatherford

0

55

   

55

12

Kevin Mather

0

115

   

115

7

Michael Crooks

115

0

   

115

7

Ryan Shealy

115

75

   

190

5

Steve Moore

125

135

   

260

1

Tod Emma

105

115

   

220

3

Men’s Novice K-1            
Bill Berry

135

125

   

260

1

Josh Pendergrass

135

0

   

135

3

Keith Duncan

125

135

   

260

1

Ryan Horn

115

0

   

115

4

SUP            
Jack Nelson

135

135

   

270

1

Keith Lawdermilk

115

0

   

115

3

Philip Aschliman

125

0

   

125

2

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

Stay tuned for event #3’s date announcement coming in July!  Hope to see you on the Noli for some paddling fun!!

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had a great turn out with 23 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny skies.

The river level was a little above 1,200 CFS and spirits were high for our first ever downriver boatercross event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had a great turn out with 23 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny skies.

The river level was a little above 1,200 CFS and spirits were high for our first ever downriver boatercross event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

 

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

 

Women’s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Jennifer Bradley

2. Andrea Ramsey

Mens C-1:

1. Whitney Eure

Mens Expert K-1 Long Boat:

1. Wesley R. Bradley

2. Jon Edwards

3. Brian Vermillion

4. Andrew Minskey

5. Jeremy Gass

Mens Novice K-1 Long Boat:

1. Bill Berry

Mens Expert K-1 Short Boat:

1. Matt Dalton

2. Steve Moore

3. Ryan Shealy

 

Men’s Intermediate K-1 Short Boat:

1. George Mauger

2. Hayden Blake

3. Michael Crooks

4. Tod Emma

5. Chas Branson

Men’s Novice K-1 Short Boat:

1. Josh Pendergrass

2. Keith Duncan

3. Ryan Horn

Men’s SUP:

1. Jack Nelson

2. Philip Aschliman

3. Keith Lawdermilk

 

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

 

Event Highlights:

*We had 2 swimmers during the event and one after crossing the finish line!

*We had our first ever SUP class in the event who were aptly named the “Battle Boarders”!

*We had several first time Throwdown competitors and even had one participate who was over 60 years young!

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize!

 

Event #1 Photo Album Links:

Cheryl Killman’s HTTD Race photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Jennifer Bradley & Michelle Frazee – Registration & Finish Line Judges

Samantha Vermillion – Starter

Cheryl Killman – Photographer

 

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Local sponsors for this event:

Mahoney's        

 

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event and running shuttle for the competitors!

 

Participation in all events is the key to bring home a series championship for the year!  Check out the current standings below:

 

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

Event #1 Boater-X

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3

Event #4

TOTAL

PLACE

Women’s K-1
Andrea Ramsey

125

125

2

Jennifer Bradley

135

135

1

Men’s C-1
Whitney Eure

135

135

1

Men’s Expert K-1
Andrew Minskey

105

105

7

Brian Vermillion

115

115

5

Jeremy Gass

95

95

8

Jon Edwards

125

125

3

Matt Dalton

135

135

1

Ryan Shealy

115

115

5

Steve Moore

125

125

3

Wesley R. Bradley

135

135

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1
Chas Branson

95

95

5

George Mauger

135

135

1

Hayden Blake

125

125

2

Michael Crooks

115

115

3

Tod Emma

105

105

4

Men’s Novice K-1
Bill Berry

135

135

1

Josh Pendergrass

135

135

1

Keith Duncan

125

125

3

Ryan Horn

115

115

4

Men’s SUP
Jack Nelson

135

135

1

Keith Lawdermilk

115

115

3

Philip Aschliman

125

125

2

 

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM to join us at Big Rock for event #2!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

River clean up stats

As you all know Purple Hayes School of Kayaking and all of its friends take a active role in River clean-ups. I recently received this link from the ACA with stats from last years clean-ups and Stewardships. I would like to share that with everyone. I know as paddles we have a special place for our rivers and with some of this information you can pass on some of it to others so they can realize and learn how to help.

http://issuu.com/_aca/docs/stewardship_newsletter_winter_2013_

River clean up stats

As you all know Purple Hayes School of Kayaking and all of its friends take a active role in River clean-ups. I recently received this link from the ACA with stats from last years clean-ups and Stewardships. I would like to share that with everyone. I know as paddles we have a special place for our rivers and with some of this information you can pass on some of it to others so they can realize and learn how to help.

http://issuu.com/_aca/docs/stewardship_newsletter_winter_2013_

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